GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up Meal at Eleven XI Restaurant and Bar

Photos by Molly Dunn
Start the meal with fresh grilled Gulf oysters.
It's GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up and that means restaurants throughout the state are serving up meals that showcase the wonderful ingredients and products from the Lone Star State.

I decided to check out the new kid on the block, Eleven XI, which is serving a four-course Texas tasting dinner for $39 per person ‑- all Texas beers are half off as well. The newly opened restaurant on West Gray serves a variety of dishes focusing on the Texas coast, so what better place to celebrate GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up than Eleven XI?

Although this is not on the Texas tasting dinner, it's a great salad to start the meal.
My boyfriend and I decided to split the tasting menu and pair it with the Eleven XI salad complete with three lettuce wedges, heirloom tomatoes, grilled baby vegetables and a cranberry vinaigrette ‑- highly recommended.

The first course starts with two Gulf grilled oysters covered with a crispy topping of Parmesan Reggiano, diced tomatoes, Texas pecan pesto and apple-wood smoked bacon. The two oysters, brought straight from the Gulf, are delicate and salty and pair nicely with the warm cheese topping. The nuttiness from the pesto with the chunks of salty and sweet bacon is a nice surprise. Squeeze a little bit of the lemon juice on top for a wonderful complement to the saltiness from the cheese and oyster. All in all this is a great dish to start the tasting menu. It's also available on the regular menu, so you can still enjoy these grilled oysters after GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up ends.

Location Info

Eleven:Eleven Restaurant & Bar

607 W. Gray St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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ElevenXI feels like Dorothy's house in Wizard of Oz; it's been picked up, blown for miles and curiously transplanted where it doesn't belong. The crowd there feels very odd for a joint in Montrose. Mostly older, mostly preppie and shirts tucked in, some guys in jackets, mostly not from the area or inside the loop. It almost felt like it was the kid's/owner's family and friends eating there the night I went. The food was decent, on the good side, but the place was utterly charmless and felt weird...maybe it was the valets guarding empty spots that befouled my mood.


Oysters don't come from the Gulf. They come from the bays.



IT is strange place, especially on this low down stretch of w gray where nothing really happens....

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